Burnt out on boring side dishes? Pair this Cheesy Zucchini Rice with your favorite main meat, and dig right on in. There will be zero regrets, and you’ll feel good about getting your family excited about eating at least one vegetable.
The summer squash just keeps on growing, and I’ve been inundated with zucchs (pronounced zukes).
Believe me when I tell you, I am not complaining. I’m always appreciative of my gorgeous green bounty.
I really can’t get enough of them.
But I have struggled some this year with coming up with more uses for them than the previous go-to 3 I had, as I mentioned a few weeks ago.
Now, I’ve discovered yet another new use for my beloved summer squash.
Cheesy Zucchini Rice! Seriously, it’s the perfect summer side dish for you.
I know you haven’t tried it yet, but you’ll have to trust me on this.
This little recipe also incredibly versatile, and goes well with pretty much any main dish – grilled chicken, pork, fish, steak, shrimp (you get the idea).
You could even mix in some extra vegetables and serve it as a vegetarian entree, or just a light summer lunch.
You can feel pretty safe changing up the cheese, too! We love a good cheddar, but I’m certain most cheeses would taste great. I mean, when can you go wrong with cheese? Trying to eat healthier? Try a little less cheese, and add in a little extra zucchini. However you decide to make it, just make it – before zucchini season is over!
Get some extra veggies in by adding grated squash to your otherwise boring white rice. Stir in a bit of cheese and a dash of cream, and you’ve got a side dish that classes up any meat when paired together.
Cheesy Zucchini Rice is perfect for summer, and just as good (and just as craved) all year long.
Just one pot is all you need, and soon you’ll have your family looking forward to eating their veggies- or at least their squash.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 medium or 2 small zucchini grated
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- splash of milk as needed
In a medium pan, or pot, over medium heat, heat the oil.
Add the rice, briefly giving it a stir to coat, and then add in the broth and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cover.
Simmer 15 – 20 minutes, or until the majority of the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
Remove the pan or pot from the heat source. Stir in the butter, zucchini, cheese, and garlic and continue stirring until evenly combined. Re-cover and let the rice sit for about 5 minutes.
Stir again and then add in the salt and pepper and a splash of milk (if needed) if you’d like to thin the mixture out a bit or if it needs an extra dash of creaminess.
recipe adapted from Buns In My Oven
** Looking to take this from a side dish to a main dish? Stir in 2-3 cups of chopped rotisserie chicken just before serving!**
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Pictures/Post Updated on 8/23/17